Fidel y Raúl, mis hermanos: La historia secreta memorias de Juanita Castro contadas a María Antonieta Collins

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Ten years ago, Juanita Castro set down to write her memoirs, and thanks to the fortunate coincidence that I was both her friend and a journalist, we began working on them together. When we finished in 1999, Juanita decided not to publish them, and for the past ten years we kept this book—the first one I had written—a secret. Surprisingly, Juanita chose this year, 2009, to bear her soul in an extraordinary journey through the triumphs and tragedies of her life and, consequently, the events that have shaped the ...
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Ten years ago, Juanita Castro set down to write her memoirs, and thanks to the fortunate coincidence that I was both her friend and a journalist, we began working on them together. When we finished in 1999, Juanita decided not to publish them, and for the past ten years we kept this book—the first one I had written—a secret. Surprisingly, Juanita chose this year, 2009, to bear her soul in an extraordinary journey through the triumphs and tragedies of her life and, consequently, the events that have shaped the lives of millions of people during the past fifty years. This is the first-hand testimony of a person who, from the moment of her birth, was connected by the deepest bond to two of the most notable political figures of contemporary Latin American history: Fidel and Raul Castro, her brothers. It is, therefore, the most intimate and accurate analysis any person can do of their own kin: mother, father, grandparents, and brothers, the famous and those that chose to stay out of the limelight. It is the account of a woman that severed all ties, a woman that in 1964 joined the Cuban exile in the United States. It is a story for Cubans and non-Cubans alike —the story Juanita Castro owed each and every one of us; a story that had not been told until today. María Antonieta Collins
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In this engaging memoir, the sister of two of the most consequential men in Latin America, Fidel and Raúl Castro, not only speaks out about her estranged brothers but emerges as a fascinating character in her own right. The fourth of six Castro Ruz siblings, Juanita fought for and against the Cuban Revolution, turning against it when Fidel started flirting with communism. In the late 1950s, she raised money for Fidel, spent a year in the Brazilian embassy in Havana as a political refugee of the Batista regime, and even entered the United States illegally. In 1964, she fled to Mexico, publicly denounced her brother's regime, and became an active member of the Miami exile community, where she initially got a chilly reception. She even helped fund an armed attempt to overthrow Castro as late as the 1970s. Fidel is depicted as a womanizer, a troublemaker, and a bully obsessed with power, but Juanita also marvels at his idealism and intellectual force. Raúl, on the other hand, is the sweet, understanding family man who, paradoxically, embraced communism much earlier than Fidel. The villains of the story are Ernesto "Che" Guevara (depicted as a ruthless tyrant) and anybody who has badmouthed Juanita's parents, among them, exile luminaries Carlos Franqui, Norberto Fuentes, and Guillermo Cabrera Infante. One might find fault in the implausibly long and detailed dialogs. However, Mexican journalist Collins, who interviews Juanita, deserves credit for having patched together this thoroughly fascinating narrative. Highly recommended.—Carlos Rodríguez Martorell, East Elmhurst, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603967013
  • Publisher: Aguilar
  • Publication date: 10/26/2009
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,466,062
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Excellent inside look at the Castro Ruz family. The making of Fidel and Raul and what led to the Cuban Revolution.

    Ms. Castro has the best inside view of the making and shaping of characters that made the Cuba of today. Who better than a direct sibling to discuss,dispel and confirm myths/truths about this family. She, like anyone else has her biases but there is no one better to talk about her family than she is. Her account is balanced as she seeks to provide a picture of Raul as both good and evil. She reveals many things about Fidel that are positive and negative. Her attempt to set the record straight from her perspective is admirable. As a Cuban, I find her story compelling, very human with virtues and faults and a great opportunity to have a better understanding of why Cuba is where it is today.

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